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#1087651 anyone into model rockets or RC Airplanes?

Posted by guitarduane on 12 October 2011 - 05:10 PM

i used to do rockets in high school. they are pretty cheap if you stick to the estes rockets which are available at pretty much all hobby shops and some craft stores. to start you will just need a launch pad with an electric igniter switch ($10-20), choose a rocket or two ($5-??), and the engines for each rocket (4 for $10). if you choose rockets that use the same size engine, you can save some cost. you can launch these in most open spaces. stay away from airports as the rockets can fly pretty high. pretty much everything is re-usable except for the engines. you can also just buy supplies and build your own models from scratch if you want.

if you are interested in bigger rockets, i would suggest contacting the ASU rocket guys. they are usually pretty helpful and they should be able to give you information about launches in AZ. i know they used to go out to rainbow valley (west of phx) to launch with an amateur rocket club. they build really big guys and use home made motors and stuff like that.

as for r/c planes, i got involved with some of this at ASU. this is a much more expensive hobby. an airplane with an engine is probably going to cost you $100. and as you are learning, you will have to pay to fix any thing that breaks during crashes. this probably doesn't include the receiver/transmitter either. the other difficult thing is finding a spot to fly. most r/c runways require you to be a member of their club to use the runway. you can probably start with a smaller electric plane and get away with flying around a park or something. but some of the bigger planes and receiver/transmitters require a special location to fly due to FCC laws. any hobby shop would have the information about clubs and FCC guidelines.
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#1060201 PNT shoot the Shit

Posted by guitarduane on 06 July 2011 - 01:45 PM

that was fun.
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#982049 WikiLeaks.org

Posted by guitarduane on 08 December 2010 - 12:54 PM

i used to have the opinion that wikileaks would lead to soldiers and operative's lives being in danger. i felt we the people didn't need to be in the governments business, since it's something we don't fully understand.

but i've changed my mind. if we can't keep soldiers safe without lying to the people, maybe we shouldn't be involved. that's my new opinion. how can voter's hold politicians accountable for their actions if we don't find out what their actions are until years after they have committed them?
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#949126 Fuck Cops!

Posted by guitarduane on 16 September 2010 - 01:26 PM

+1 for creative use of spoiler!

and just to stay on topic, cops make me feel both afraid that i broke some dumbass law i never heard of (videotaping for example) and also safer in my hood when i see them driving around. so what can you do?
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#946677 Band Merch ideas

Posted by guitarduane on 10 September 2010 - 09:54 AM

new times article
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#944198 Most Polluted Cities in the World

Posted by guitarduane on 02 September 2010 - 01:26 PM


1 Lifen China - coal
2 Los Angeles, USA - hot air
3 Niger Delta, Nigeria - oil spills
4 London, UK - wankers
5 Dzerzhinsk, Russia - cold war chemicals
6 Phoenix, USA - jan brewer
7 Bandung Indonesia - overpopulation
8 La Oroya, Peru - mining
9 Lake Karachay, Russia - nuclear radiation

so jan brewer is responsible for LA pollution as well?

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